List of French submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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Patrice Leconte's film, Ridicule, was nominated in 1996.

France has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since the conception of the award in 1956. France has been one of the most successful countries in the world in this category, and more than half of their Oscar submissions have achieved Oscar nominations. As of October 2014, France has submitted 59 films for consideration. Of these, 35 have achieved Oscar nominations and nine have won the award, not including Honorary Awards.

The award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[1]

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was not created until 1956; however, between 1947 and 1955, the Academy presented Honorary Awards to the best foreign language films released in the United States. These awards were not competitive, as there were no nominees but simply a winner every year that was voted on by the Board of Governors of the Academy.[2] Three French films received Honorary Awards during this period. For the 1956 Academy Awards, a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since.[3]

The French submission is decided annually by the Centre national de la cinématographie, affiliated with the French Ministry of Culture.[4]

Submissions[edit]

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956.[3] The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award.[1] Before the award was created, the Board of Governors of the Academy voted on a film every year that was considered the best foreign language film released in the United States, and there were no submissions.[2]

France is the only country that has submitted a film every year since the creation of the award in 1956 and also the only country which has been nominated at more than half of the occasions where the award was given.

Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by France for review by the Academy. All submissions were primarily in French, with the notable exception of the winning Portuguese language Black Orpheus in 1959, which was a co-production with Brazil.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
1948
(21st)
Monsieur Vincent Monsieur Vincent Cloche, MauriceMaurice Cloche Won Honorary Award
1950
(23rd)
The Walls of Malapaga Au-delà des grilles Clément, RenéRené Clément Won Honorary Award
1952
(25th)
Forbidden Games Jeux interdits Clément, RenéRené Clément Won Honorary Award
1956
(29th)
Gervaise Gervaise Clément, RenéRené Clément Nominated
1957
(30th)
Gates of Paris Porte des Lilas Clair, RenéRené Clair Nominated
1958
(31st)
My Uncle Mon Oncle Tati, JacquesJacques Tati Won Academy Award
1959
(32nd)
Black Orpheus Orfeu Negro Camus, MarcelMarcel Camus Won Academy Award
1960
(33rd)
La Vérité La Vérité Clouzot, Henri-GeorgesHenri-Georges Clouzot Nominated
1961
(34th)
Last Year at Marienbad L'année dernière à Marienbad Resnais, AlainAlain Resnais Not Nominated
1962
(35th)
Sundays and Cybele Les dimanches de ville d'Avray Bourguignon, SergeSerge Bourguignon Won Academy Award
1963
(36th)
The Fire Within Le feu follet Malle, LouisLouis Malle Not Nominated
1964
(37th)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Les Parapluies de Cherbourg Demy, JacquesJacques Demy Nominated
1965
(38th)
Pierrot le Fou Pierrot le fou Godard, Jean-LucJean-Luc Godard Not Nominated
1966
(39th)
A Man and a Woman Un homme et une femme Lelouch, ClaudeClaude Lelouch Won Academy Award
1967
(40th)
Live for Life Vivre Pour Vivre Lelouch, ClaudeClaude Lelouch Nominated
1968
(41st)
Stolen Kisses Baisers volés Truffaut, FrançoisFrançois Truffaut Nominated
1969
(42nd)
My Night with Maud Ma nuit chez Maud Rohmer, ÉricÉric Rohmer Nominated
1970
(43rd)
Hoa-Binh Hoa-Binh Coutard, RaoulRaoul Coutard Nominated
1971
(44th)
Ramparts of Clay Remparts d'argile Bertucelli, Jean-LouisJean-Louis Bertucelli Not Nominated
1972
(45th)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie Buñuel, LuisLuis Buñuel Won Academy Award
1973
(46th)
Day for Night La Nuit américaine Truffaut, FrançoisFrançois Truffaut Won Academy Award
1974
(47th)
Lacombe, Lucien Lacombe Lucien Malle, LouisLouis Malle Nominated
1975
(48th)
India Song India Song Duras, MargueriteMarguerite Duras Not Nominated
1976
(49th)
Cousin, cousine Cousin, cousine Tacchella, Jean-CharlesJean-Charles Tacchella Nominated
1977
(50th)
Madame Rosa La Vie devant soi Mizrahi, MoshéMoshé Mizrahi Won Academy Award
1978
(51st)
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs Préparez vos mouchoirs Blier, BertrandBertrand Blier Won Academy Award
1979
(52nd)
A Simple Story Une histoire simple Sautet, ClaudeClaude Sautet Nominated
1980
(53rd)
The Last Metro Le Dernier Métro Truffaut, FrançoisFrançois Truffaut Nominated
1981
(54th)
Diva Diva Beineix, Jean-JacquesJean-Jacques Beineix Not Nominated
1982
(55th)
Coup de Torchon Coup de torchon Tavernier, BertrandBertrand Tavernier Nominated
1983
(56th)
Entre Nous Coup de foudre Kurys, DianeDiane Kurys Nominated
1984
(57th)
So Long, Stooge Tchao Pantin Berri, ClaudeClaude Berri Not Nominated
1985
(58th)
Three Men and a Cradle Trois hommes et un couffin Serreau, ColineColine Serreau Nominated
1986
(59th)
Betty Blue 37°2 le matin Beineix, Jean-JacquesJean-Jacques Beineix Nominated
1987
(60th)
Au revoir, les enfants Au revoir, les enfants Malle, LouisLouis Malle Nominated
1988
(61st)
La Lectrice La Lectrice Deville, MichelMichel Deville Not Nominated
1989
(62nd)
Camille Claudel Camille Claudel Nuytten, BrunoBruno Nuytten Nominated
1990
(63rd)
Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Rappeneau, Jean-PaulJean-Paul Rappeneau Nominated
1991
(64th)
Van Gogh Van Gogh Pialat, MauriceMaurice Pialat Not Nominated
1992
(65th)
Indochine Indochine Wargnier, RégisRégis Wargnier Won Academy Award
1993
(66th)
Germinal Germinal Berri, ClaudeClaude Berri Not Nominated
1994
(67th)
Wild Reeds Les roseaux sauvages Téchiné, AndréAndré Téchiné Not Nominated
1995
(68th)
French Twist Gazon maudit Balasko, JosianeJosiane Balasko Not Nominated
1996
(69th)
Ridicule Ridicule Leconte, PatricePatrice Leconte Nominated
1997
(70th)
Western Western Poirier, ManuelManuel Poirier Not Nominated
1998
(71st)
The Dreamlife of Angels La vie rêvée des anges Zonca, ErickErick Zonca Not Nominated
1999
(72nd)
East/West Est-Ouest [A] Wargnier, RégisRégis Wargnier Nominated
2000
(73rd)
The Taste of Others Le goût des autres Jaoui, AgnèsAgnès Jaoui Nominated
2001
(74th)
Amélie Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain Jeunet, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Jeunet Nominated
2002
(75th)
8 Women 8 femmes Ozon, FrançoisFrançois Ozon Not Nominated
2003
(76th)
Bon Voyage Bon voyage Rappeneau, Jean-PaulJean-Paul Rappeneau Not Nominated
2004
(77th)
The Chorus Les Choristes Barratier, ChristopheChristophe Barratier Nominated
2005
(78th)
Joyeux Noël Joyeux Noël Carion, ChristianChristian Carion Nominated
2006
(79th)
Avenue Montaigne Fauteuils d'orchestre Thompson, DanièleDanièle Thompson Made January Shortlist
2007
(80th)
Persepolis Persepolis* Paronnaud, VincentVincent Paronnaud
Satrapi, MarjaneMarjane Satrapi
Not Nominated
2008
(81st)
The Class Entre les murs Cantet, LaurentLaurent Cantet Nominated
2009
(82nd)
A Prophet Un prophéte Audiard, JacquesJacques Audiard Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Of Gods and Men[5] Des hommes et des dieux Beauvois, XavierXavier Beauvois Not Nominated[6]
2011
(84th)
Declaration of War[7] La Guerre est déclarée Donzelli, ValérieValérie Donzelli Not Nominated
2012
(85th)
The Intouchables[8] Intouchables Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache Made January Shortlist[9]
2013
(86th)
Renoir[10] Renoir Bourdos, GillesGilles Bourdos Not Nominated
2014
(87th)
Saint Laurent[11] Saint Laurent Bonello, BertrandBertrand Bonello
TBD

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  2. ^ a b "History of the Academy Awards - Page 1". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  3. ^ a b "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  4. ^ Kadivar, Darius (2007-09-19). "Persepolis to Represent France at Hollywood Oscars 2008!". Payvand.com. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  5. ^ "France names 'Of Gods and Men' in Oscar bid". hollywoodreporter. Retrieved 2010-10-02. [dead link]
  6. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  7. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  8. ^ "'Intouchables' selected for Oscar race". Variety. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Vie For Oscar". Oscars. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  10. ^ "Renoir représentera la France aux Oscars 2014". L'Express. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  11. ^ "Oscars: France Selects 'Saint Laurent' for Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 

Notes[edit]

  • A Russian title: Восток-Запад